Wisconsin just passed a bill requiring all children to attend a year of K-5 before they can start first grade. Next year my daughter will just miss the cut off to be old enough to start Kindergarten (she will turn 5 in September - after the school year has started). I was hoping to get her started on some homeschooling activities in hopes that I might be able to talk the school district into allowing her to start K-5 next year rather than waiting until she is almost 6 to start.

Does anyone out there have a recommendation for a particular homeschool program at this age? What is involved in choosing a homeschool program and how much does it cost?

(Note: if I can't get her in next year, it's no big deal. I can wait until the following year, but I thought I would at least try.)

asked 06 Oct '09, 21:55

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edited 10 Oct '09, 20:35

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It's been my experience working in the schools that if you write a letter to the school district protesting that she is "ready/mature enough" for kindergarten regardless of her slight young age they may make an exception, especially if she is a girl. I know the gender sounds strange, but I overheard a colleague talking about how they are considering holding back boys (in some areas) until age 6 for kindergarten because of later developing language/cognitive skills.

Here is a list of Homeschooling Support Groups in Wisconsin.

And here is some helpful info on Kindergarten Readiness.


answered 07 Oct '09, 06:00

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I would recommend that you speak with the school district first , your daughters age seems to be just right for starting K-5, its just that her birthday falls into the second half of the year, alternatively if they refuse due to her age, I would ask to be informed about which educational program they use, and whether they could make any recommendations for you.


answered 07 Oct '09, 05:13

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If you are close to the Milwaukee area, there will be the teacher's convention at the end of October. I am not sure of the dates. They have a large conference room filled with resources, books, and activities. You can just go there to walk around....it is free. You might find some great activities to do with your child at home.


answered 09 Oct '09, 06:08

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Could you send me some more information about it? I live near Janesville, so Milwaukee isn't too far away.

(10 Oct '09, 00:45) mkcoehoorn

Here is the link to the site with info on the teacher convention in Milwaukee. The exhibit hall is at the Midwest Airline Center. Don't worry about having to register, you don't need to. You are just coming to look at the exhibits. Print the coupon for the free parking at the Italian Community Center. It is easy to get to, and the bus brings you right to the midwest airline center. http://www.weac.org/cf/pub/convention/general.cfm

(10 Oct '09, 06:12) Betsy

Probably the first place to start is to verify the cut off date for kindergarten in your school district. Cut off dates seem to vary widely. Where we live, our district cut off date is Dec 31 (so any student attending the 2009-2010 kindergarten school year must be 5 by Dec 31, 2009). But a neighboring district uses an August date. This information should be easily available from your local elementary school. If your daughter does miss the official date, ask the school what exemptions might be made.

As for homeschooling programs, it sounds like you want to make sure that your daughter is prepared to enter kindergarten. If that's the case, focus on preschool activities. There is a huge price range of available materials but in my research it boiled down to workbooks. Expensive or cheap, the concepts are all the same. Go to a teacher/parent store and browse through the selection of preK workbooks. Many of the concepts are very basic and you might be surpised to realize how many you're already teaching. If you're still concerned about how to teach the material after picking a workbook, I recommend asking your favorite librarian to help you find (and borrow!) books on preschool teaching.

Try to view the workbook as a guideline for working with your daughter. Workbooks often require a lot of writing and each child masters that fine motor skill at different times. We used these workbooks for my daughter's preK skill set and loved having a type of guide to inspire us - once we realized that she wasn't physically capable of doing all the writing work.

More fun than any workbook was "Preschool Fun Game Board Book" a set of games focused on developing the preK skill set. It's six games in one convenient package and held up over a lot of use. It was a great way to learn. It's a Learning Resource product, ISBN 1569111626. I strongly recommend investing in this (or something similar) as I believe that the most important thing I child can learn at this age is that learning can be fun!


answered 13 Oct '09, 00:36

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I'm not exactly sure what you mean by homeschool programs. However, for teaching and practicing some of the basic academic readiness skills (drawing, letters, numbers, etc...) I have always found Kumon workbooks to be good. They can be pricey but I have found similar work books at places like Chapters and Toys R' Us that are more reasonably priced.


answered 07 Oct '09, 00:11

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"Homeschooling is a legal option in many places for parents to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to publicly-provided schools." -Wikipedia

(07 Oct '09, 05:41) Sabrina

The law just passed in Wisconsin does have an exemption for homeschooling.

(07 Oct '09, 05:55) mkcoehoorn

I am aware of the ability to Homeschool as an alternative to attend public school. I just wasn't sure what mkcoehoorn wanted, an actual homeschool program or activities she could do to help prepare her daughter for grade 1.

(07 Oct '09, 15:00) Tammy ♦♦

I was thinking of getting some actual workbooks from a homeschool curriculum so that that I would have something to gauge progress by as well as a parent guide to help me know what to do and how to explain it.

(07 Oct '09, 15:15) mkcoehoorn
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